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Pure Appl. Chem., 2005, Vol. 77, No. 5, pp. 827-841


Terminology in soil sampling (IUPAC Recommendations 2005)

Paolo De Zorzi1, Sabrina Barbizzi1, Maria Belli1, Giovanni Ciceri2, Aleš Fajgelj3*, David Moore4, Umberto Sansone3 and Marcel Van Der Perk5

1 Agenzia per la Protezione dell’Ambiente e per i Servizi Tecnici (APAT), Servizio di Metrologia Ambientale, Via Castel Romano, 100-102, 00128 Roma, Italy
2 CESI Spa – Business Unit Environment, Via R Rubattino, 54, 20134 Milano, Italy
3 IAEA, Agency’s Laboratories Seibersdorf and Vienna, Wagramer Strasse 5, A-1400, Vienna, Austria
4 Materials Dynamics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, USA
5 Department of Physical Geography, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University, Hidelberlaan 2, P.O. Box 80115, 3508 Utrecht, The Netherlands

Abstract: The scientist must be sure that, within a stated context, the terms used in articles, publications, or the daily conversation among colleagues are intended by all in the same precise way, without any possible ambiguity. As already pointed out by “Nomenclature for sampling in analytical chemistry (IUPAC Recommendations 1990)” [4], it is not acceptable that scientists are not able to orient themselves in a sampling or analytical process. This can occur if the terms used are not well defined. Moreover, to better appreciate the development of new theories or concepts, progressive updates can be necessary. To this end, on the basis of the existing terminology documents and of the most recent knowledge in the field of soil sampling, an updated terminology in sampling (specifically, soil sampling) is recommended.